Tuesday, November 1st 2011

Swiftech Unveils Apogee HD Flagship CPU Waterblock and MCRx20 Drive (Rev 3) Radiator

Swiftech announced the release for retail sales of their new flagship CPU waterblock, the Apogee HD, concurrently with Revision 3 of the Patent Pending MCRx20 Drive series of PC radiators.

Close to 18 months in the making, the Apogee HD was designed to surpass its predecessor the Award Winning Apogee XT in all critical areas: improved thermal performance, reduced flow restriction, new choices of colors, classic black or fashionable white, fine-tuned mounting system, lower cost, and an exclusive innovative feature that works in conjunction with the new Revision of the MCRx20 Drive PC Radiators: the Multi-port connectivity.

“We wanted the new Apogee HD to best the XT by significant thermal and hydraulic performance margins, which also included competitive testing and we wouldn’t quit until we had every sample of the best waterblocks on the market beat”, said Gabriel Rouchon Swiftech’s Chairman & CTA, adding “We also felt that we needed a clear competitive edge with our enthusiast users by continuing to bring innovative features to the table, so we developed the multi-port connectivity: supplemental ports were added to the Apogee HD and to the MCR x20 Drive™ radiators; this enables quite dramatic flow rate improvements in complex systems where multiple water-blocks are used to cool CPU, Graphics processor, Chipset, Memory and other devices.”

Introduction of the white color was a refreshing addition to the classic black, and was also accompanied by the recent unveiling of similar choices among the company’s offerings, such as the MCW82 Universal GPU cooler, the MCP35 pump series, and the new line of SLI/Crossfire bridges. This clearly marked the company’s intent to offer a comprehensive line of color-coordinated devices for system builders and enthusiast modders.

In parallel, the company also announced substantial price reductions for the new MCRx20 Drive (Rev3) series of radiators, which were rendered possible by recent investments that the company made in state-of-the-art machinery.

Finally, and with the release of the aforementioned products which are the building blocks for the company’s liquid cooling kit business, similar news are expected to follow suit shortly regarding their H20 Edge and Ultima lines of Liquid Cooling Kits.

MSRP & Product Page Links:
Apogee HD CPU waterblock: $74.95
MCRx20 Drive Rev3 radiators: from $85 to $169.95
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21 Comments on Swiftech Unveils Apogee HD Flagship CPU Waterblock and MCRx20 Drive (Rev 3) Radiator

#1
DrunkenMafia
I do like swiftech stuff and I actually have one of the MCR drive radiators in my HTPC. I love it but if you put it on full power you can hear it from another room. I hope the newer revision has cut down the noise a little.
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#2
Jarman
has a laing pump built into the res??
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#3
Sasqui
by: Jarman
has a laing pump built into the res??
That's what it looks like. Pretty damn clever.
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#4
cadaveca
My name is Dave
DO WANT!!!

Nice to see some innovation in watercooling..it's been a LONG time. Thank You, Swifttech!!!
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#5
Jarman
the reason there hasn't been much innovation over the last few years is that it's about as good as it's gonna get. I think they are at the point of spending mega money just to get a few extra tenths of deg C/Watt out of a block.

The upside of that is WC stuff never goes out of fashion!
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#6
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Very interesting...
I think I like the idea:)
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#7
ERazer
love the idea on the rad but hows that gonna work top mounted, unless bleed the loop before mounting it
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#8
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
OMG love the black and white block especially as I presently have a black and white theme. So glad I didn't buy a used XT now.

Yes damn sweet radiator too. I would be interested in one of these had I not just bought a new pump/res combo.

From Swiftech's site:

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#9
WarraWarra
This B&W pic above looks sweet.

I would have thought by now that someone would have invented to fridge pc where the whole inside is cool like the inside of a fridge / freezer. This would be much more efficient.
Surely if it starts with 68F/18C air inside the pc case and tries to keep it at that then the whole system should be cool instead of having 20 "mini me's" trying to cool each separate part down and having each a drain on power.

One day someone will invent the fridge pc, 1 cooling system with backup on a closed loop air flow and a generic kit to fit on all pc boxes. :rockout:
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#10
Jarman
fridge pcs do exist...phase change??

exactly the same as ur fridge.
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#11
cadaveca
My name is Dave
BTW, that's not white TUBING...it's white FLUID. ;)
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#12
LAN_deRf_HA
I was wondering why I liked the look of the rad combo more than revision 2. It's because they aren't showing the wires. The wiring looked so retarded on that last one. They should be shipping these things sleeved.
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#13
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
by: cadaveca
BTW, that's not white TUBING...it's white FLUID. ;)
Yes that appears to be the case. I wonder if it's a Mayhem dye.

WTF tho why aren't both of the GPU PCBs black? Just noticed. At least Photoshop that shiz lol
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#14
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: Wrigleyvillain
WTF tho why aren't both of the GPU PCBs black?
Looks like 6970's. Who knows why they didn't choose similar cards...must not have had them.


And Mayhems...more than likely, sir!

What's appealing to me is the finned memory/VRM heatsink and MCW80's. ;)

IS that an MSI BigBang Trinity?
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#16
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
by: Wrigleyvillain
OMG love the black and white block especially as I presently have a black and white theme. So glad I didn't buy a used XT now.

Yes damn sweet radiator too. I would be interested in one of these had I not just bought a new pump/res combo.

From Swiftech's site:

http://i.imgur.com/kVl93.jpg
Looks like the coolant is milk:toast:
Why is there no crossfire bridge?
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#17
SonDa5
My configuration with some stress testing results.







Components of water loop.

CPU block Swiftech Apogee HD
GPU block Aquagrafx GTX 470 with nickel coating
Tubing PrimoFlex Pro LRT UV Blue Tubing -7/16in. ID X 5/8in. OD
Pump Swiftech MCP655-B
Radiators 1x120 and 1x360 Black Ice Gen 2 GT Stealth
Reservoir EK-Multioption RES X2 - 150 Basic

I increased the stress test settings to maximum and ran it.




This is with the Turbo Boost over clocked and auto voltage working. Lowest multiplier is 16 and highest is 46.

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2192781
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#18
rangerone766
I have this block aswell. I'm having no problems with temps. Even @ 5.0. With 1.512 volts. So far I'm happy.
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#19
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
I'm getting one as soon as I can find the white one for $59 which is the price at Sidewinder but only black in stock. Can find elsewhere for ten bucks more but it's the principle! :)
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#20
overclocking101
im pondering picking the black one up from sidewinders. wrigley did you check jab-tech?
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#21
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Yeah. I checked everywhere. Apparently PPCs had them for a day for $59 but I didn't find that out in time. $66 there. Gary at Sidewinder told me he's got lots of black left he's hoping to sell and has to order a big batch to get a good enough price to be able to sell them for $60 (which, for the record, is $15 less than direct from Swiftech).
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